Paleonet: Roger Kaesler Obituary

Norman MacLeod N.MacLeod at
Tue Aug 14 06:14:17 GMT 2007

This (sadly) has just come in.


     Professor Roger Leroy Kaesler of Lawrence, KS passed away after a long
bout with illness: he was 69 years old.  He is survived by his wife, Jerelyn
Boudreaux Kaesler; three daughters‹Jane Kaesler Stotts, of Topeka, Kansas,
Andrea Kaesler, of Topeka, Kansas, and Susanne Broussard Grossoehme, of
Baldwin City, Kansas; one son‹Stephen Kaesler, of Wichita, Kansas; five
grandchildren‹Conner, Gabriella, Drake, Cade, and Emma; and a brother‹Walter
Jr., of Golden, Colorado.  Roger was born on June 22, 1937, and was raised
in Ponca City, Oklahoma.  He moved with his family to Wichita, Kansas, his
senior year in high school.  He attended the Colorado School of Mines and
was in the ROTC program; he received a bachelor¹s in geological engineering
in 1959.  Roger received a master¹s and doctorate in paleontology from the
Department of Geology, University of Kansas (KU), in 1965.

     Roger joined the geology department at KU as a faculty member in 1965
and retired in 2006 as a professor after more than 40 years of service; he
frequently taught the classes ³Paleontology² and ³Prehistoric Life².  He was
also director of the KU Geology Field Camp in Cañon City, Colorado.  Roger
joined the Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center at KU in
1982 and retired as a senior curator.  In his role as professor and curator
Roger educated, mentored, and inspired generations of undergraduate and
graduate students at KU; several went on to hold faculty positions at
various institutions of higher learning while others went on to work in
various capacities including the oil industry.  Roger also served as an
important mentor, friend, and colleague to many faculty members, not only at
KU but throughout the United States and the world.

     Roger became the director of the Paleontological Institute in 1986;
associated with his work as director he edited the Treatise on Invertebrate
Paleontology.  The Treatise is an internationally recognized publication
series that serves as a taxonomic encyclopedia of paleontology.  While
editor of the Treatise 13 volumes were produced: among the highest
publication rates the Treatise ever attained.

     Roger published hundreds of scientific papers including pioneering work
on the multivariate statistical analysis of fossils.  In addition to the
many volumes of the Treatise he edited, Roger co-edited two other books.
His research focused on the study of climate change, evolution, and
paleoecology; he specialized in the study of fossil and modern ostracods, an
important group of crustaceans distantly related to lobsters and crabs.

     In recognition of his highly successful career Roger received many
awards including being appointed a Fellow of the American Association for
the Advancement of Science, of the Paleontological Society (U.S.A.), and of
the Geological Society of America.  He also was awarded the Geological
Society of America¹s Distinguished Service Award, the Haworth Distinguished
Alumni Award from the Geology Department of the University of Kansas, and
the Distinguished Alumni Award and van Diest Medal from the Colorado School
of Mines.  In addition to his academic accomplishments, Roger held numerous
important positions in various scholarly organizations including the
Paleontological Society and the International Palaeontological Association.

     Because of his scientific and professional accomplishments and his warm
and humorous personality Roger will be missed by innumerable colleagues and

Bruce S. Lieberman
Professor, Department of Geology
Senior Curator, Division of Invertebrate Paleontology, Natural History
Museum and Biodiversity Research Center
University of Kansas
1475 Jayhawk  Blvd.
120 Lindley Hall
Lawrence, KS  66045
email: blieber at
phone: 785-864-2741     fax: 785-864-5276



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